Sciatica is the pain that is experienced along the path of the sciatic nerve, which begins from the lower back through the hips and buttocks and down to each leg. Usually, only one leg is affected by sciatica.

Typically it occurs when a bone spur or narrowing on the spine or a herniated disk, compresses the nerve. When that happens, your leg is numb and inflamed and you can experience a lot of pain.

Although the pain in most cases is really severe, sciatica often does not need operative treatments. Instead, some alternative treatments can be used.

Treating Sciatica and Relieve the Pain Forever

1. Ice and Heat Therapy

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You can reduce the inflammation and the pain by applying heated or ice packs. Sciatica causes your muscle to spasm, and the heat will loosen them up. Your legs also swell and inflame, and the ice packs will help you with reducing that problem.

2. Chiropractic Physiotherapy

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These professionals can show you the right motions to easily relieve your pain and reduce inflammations. There are different chiropractic treatments like ultrasound, electrotherapy, soft tissue therapy, joint mobilization and many more. To know which one is the best for you, check with your chiropractor.

3. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Acupuncture is a treatment where tiny needles are inserted into your skin at the specific points. It is used for many health issues as a treatment, and the points where the needles are inserted depend on the health problem.

This treatment can significantly reduce sciatica symptoms. Acupuncture functions by causing micro-trauma to the muscles of the body with the help of these needles.

When this happens, your body releases endorphin, and this substance calms your nerves and relieves the pain in the muscles.

4. Lumbar Spine Traction and Decompression Therapy

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Spinal decompression therapy involves stretching the spine. Both traction and decompression therapy are promoting an optimal healing environment for herniated discs.

If the disc is herniated or bulging, the therapy creates a negative pressure to retract it or reposition it. It can also create a lower pressure in the disc so it can cause an influx of healing nutrients into the disc.

5. McKenzie Exercises

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There are some exercises that chiropractors and physiotherapists give their patients to help with their back pain. However, you should not do them before you consult your doctor, since you may cause injury.

  • Prone-lying

Lie on the ground with your face down and place your arms on the sides. Turn your head on one side. Take a deep breath and exhale for 5 minutes.

  • Elbow Press

Lie down again on your stomach and lift your upper body with your elbows. Stay up with your elbows under your shoulders and lean on your forearms. Take a deep breath and relax. Stay in this position for 5 minutes.

  • Press-ups

Press your hands under the shoulders and straighten them. Push your upper body as high as you can. Stay in that position for 2 seconds and repeat for 5 minutes. Try go higher each time.

  • Backward Bending

In a standing position, place your feet the width of your shoulders. Put your arms at the small of the back with the fingers pointing down.

Bend backwards and use your hands as your pivot point. Stay in that position for 2 seconds. Repeat 10 times.

  • Chair Bends

Sit down on a stable chair with your feet apart and your hands placed on your thighs. Bend down and try touching the floor with your hands as far as you can.

Repeat 10 times, and after each repetition you can hold your ankles and pull yourself down.